Now you too can enjoy my Inbox without
the annoying spam. Every week I get some amazing e-mail. Some amazing
because of the sheer cluelessness of the sender, some because of
the time and energy that went into crafting them and some are just
The RIAA has a lot to worry about now...
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2003 10:40 PM
If I deleted all my mp3 files as your article (06/16/03
- W32.Leech) suggested as a way to check and see if my
computer was vunerable, I assume my private folder of songs
would be gone. Not just here, but I seem to get a feeling "they" are
trying to put the fear of God into P2P varmits on many sites.
I guess the campaign has started.
Yes, indeed the campaign has started, yowzers.
I'm sure others out there have this same question, so I'll go
ahead and answer it here for all to see...
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2003 11:40 AM
Subject: Just Curious
I am curious as to why you lampoon the personals submissions. Aren't these
people in effect your customers? I realize that it is, of course, all
in good fun but if I were running such a site (which I am not, and you
are - hmmmm that would make you the MASTER and me, I, uhmmm, would be
GRASSHOPPER. Hmmmm, which would further mean that you are obviously doing
things correctly as your site seems to exhibit some level of success)
I would just hold some things sacred. So why is it oh venerable master,
that lampooning personals submissions is a successful formula?
Lampooning the personals started by accident. I struck a
pose similar to the Personal of the Day (PotD) on the webcam,
and somebody noticed. I thought, "Hey, this is a fun idea." The
reaction from BBspotters has been overwhelmingly positive (I
haven't heard from the people in the PotD yet). Since, BBspot
doesn't have a market research arm to do a test study to find
out if revenue is increased or decreased after I make fun of
the PotD, then I'll just have to err on the side of funny.
I mean, the worst thing that can happen is that I'm kicked
out of the personals network and lose some money. I know I'm
doing this for a living, but funny has always been more important
to me than money.
Not trying to single out Dell here, but last
week's e-mail about Dell's award winning support garnered
some more responses...
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 1:02 AM
Subject: more dell tech support
Ok, here's even MORE about recent Dell "award-winning" tech
support. My boyfriend used to be network administrator at his
company, so when his disk drive broke and the network department
was overworked, he volunteered to call Dell himself.
They ran him through the same deal I mentioned earlier, taking
apart his computer for them, etc., and then insisted he run
the Dell diagnostic. Which was on a disk.
When he pointed out he couldn't, since his disk drive couldn't
read the disk, (I am not making this up) he had to go through
THREE LEVELS OF SUPERVISORS before someone could authorize
the repair service.
It cost him an extra hour and a half on the phone to get
that "permission". Permission to have a broken disk
I'm not blaming the phone guys we talk to. They're probably
strapped to chairs with guns pointed to their heads while they
follow EXACTLY the script assigned to them. But some maniac/asshole
decided the best way to fix the customer problem was to force
them to do it themselves.
That's why I don't pay for tech support on a brand name computer.
Build your own. Support yourself.
Here's a tech support phone tip for those who don't like waiting...
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 11:34 AM
Subject: answering machine queues...
WRT the last BBspot mailbag, here's a simple tip to those
waiting in phone queues. Many phone systems have a sequence of
keypresses to bypass the queue and get directly to the front of it, for
servicing by the next available operator - generally a sequence
pressable on a regular touchtone phone, since it would be used not only be
technicians with a 16-button phone. The great majority of these systems (my
bank and phone company for example) use *0 to bypass the queue, so when waiting
for tech support it is always a good idea to give a shot at *0 and see where
that gets you.
Vs. Death Star
I thought the Google fight last week would end it. Of course,
several people wrote in with issues about the Google fight. Most
of them started off with phrases like "I don't really care
about this, but..."
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2003 12:33 AM
Subject: Enterprise Vs. Star Destroyer
You have a great site, even though I don't care particularly
one way or the other about this argument. But, since I do like
to argue and BBspot has in the past stated that it is #1 on
a Google search for 'are,' I thought I would check for the
real results in a Google War between a Star Destroyer and the
Enterprise. Since 'Enterprise' alone would include the rental
car company and any small business, I narrowed the field a
"Star Destroyer" = 30,700 results
"Starship Enterprise" = 32,300 results
The Enterprise still wins, but just barely. The Star Destroyer
probably won't win another Google War until the next Star Wars
movie is released.
Amazingly, a "Tie Fighter" (60,000 results) is
almost twice as good as the Enterprise, but still not quite
as good as your everyday "Jet Figther" (63,700 results),
which can apparently be taken out by a simple "bow and
arrow" (91,800 results).
Here's some gasoline...
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 1:23 PM
Subject: Star Wars v. Star Trek
I agree with the people who say it the debate can't be decided
with numbers. I also don't see the Force having any influence
on it. Anyone who's watched Star Trek knows that there would
be some previously unknown species conveniently on board the
Enterprise when they encountered the Destroyer that would be
able to counteract the Force.
One thing everyone seems to be overlooking is the fact that
Star Wars takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far
away. Presumably, even at top speeds, it would take a Destroyer
thousands, if not millions, of years to reach this galaxy.
By then it would probably be so decrepit, a couple of pot shots
could probably take it out.
Another factor is whether this battle takes place in a Star
Wars movie or an episode of Star Trek. If it was a Star Wars
movie, the Enterprise would be destroyed, but the crew would
band together and later defeat it with a shuttlecraft or something.
If it was Star Trek, the Enterprise would win, of course, and
the Empire would learn a valuable lesson. If it were a Star
Trek movie, the Empire would fall and they'd go back to a republic.
One other plus in Star Trek's column - no Jar Jar. It would
just be someone with some plastic on their face and a used
wig. If he had an accent, it would be British. Of course, the
interesting Star Wars characters would be gone too, but it
just might be worth it.
Thanks for letting me add fuel to the fire.
I sure hope that's the end.
A few people had the theory that since Star Wars took place "A
long time ago" that Star Trek could easily beat it since it
is set in the future. Of course, that assumes that "A long
time ago" is from the perspective of the audience, and not
the narrator for whom "A long time ago" is actually our
That's all for this week!
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